Key clinical point: The U.S. Department of Justice on June 7 signaled that it would not defend the ACA in court in a lawsuit brought by 20 states.
Major finding: Attorney General Jeff Sessions noted that the plaintiffs were correct in determining that the ACA's individual mandate is unconstitutional based on recent law.
Study details: Texas and 19 other states filed suit in February 2018 to have the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate declared unconstitutional. Their rationale was that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 eliminated the penalty for not carrying health insurance, effective Jan. 1, 2019. Further, the plaintiffs argued that because the individual mandate is integral to the ACA as a whole, the law should be invalidated in toto.
Citation: Texas et al. v. The U.S.
This Week's Must Reads
Case studies shed light on treatment for rare form of MCL , Mori S et al. Clin Lymphoma Myeloma Leuk. 2019 Feb;19(2):e93-7.
Histopathological clues for differentiating follicular lymphomas, Servitje O et al. J Cutan Pathol. 2019;46:182-9.
Single agent daratumumab is not an option in B-cell lymphomas, Salles G et al. Clin Lymphoma Myeloma Leuk. 2019 Jan 2. doi: 10.1016/j.clml.2018.12.013.
Ibrutinib combo advances in CNS lymphoma, Grommes C et al. Blood. 2019;133(5):436-45.
Best frontline options for advanced follicular lymphoma, Shah NN et al. Clin Lymphoma Myeloma Leuk. 2019 Feb;19(2):95-102.
Must Reads in Practice Management
Over half of Americans support Medicare for All, Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll – January 2019
Uninsured rate could rise with proposed premium calculator, Federal Register (84 FR 227)
No difference in financial distress with counseling intervention , Kircher SM et al. J Oncol Pract. 2019 Jan 9. doi: 10.1200/JOP.18.00270.
Many believe tumor profiling will benefit present treatment, Marron et al. JCO Precis Oncol. 2019 Jan 22. doi: 10.1200/PO.18.00176.
Physician mothers with extra caregiving at home at higher risk, Yank V et al. JAMA Internal Medicine. 2018 Jan 28. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2018.6411.